• Question: Is the 3D printing safe for people?

    Asked by Eilish to Eimear on 10 Mar 2020.
    • Photo: Eimear O'Hara

      Eimear O'Hara answered on 10 Mar 2020:

      It depends on the type of printing you do. Anything with plastics is very safe, you could have one in your own home. But when it comes to metal things are a bit trickier – when I’m printing something I have to wear steeltoe boots, a fullbody suit, gloves and a breathing mask! This is because the printer uses really fine powder and it can be harmful to you if you breathe it in. So for safety I wear all that gear and the printer is in it’s own room with it’s own ventilation and filter system